Colchester Historical Society Events

The Festive Re-Opening of the Colchester History Museum

On Saturday, April 9th, 1:00-4:00 pm, the Colchester Historical Society will host a Wine and Food Reception to celebrate the Spring re-opening of the The Colchester History Museum.  Everyone is welcome to join in a toast to the new season.


The Twenty-fifth Annual Festival on the Green

The Twenty-fifth Annual Festival on the Green will be sponsored by the Colchester Lion’s Club.  The event will be held on Saturday, July 23rd, 10:00 am-4:00 pm for the annual Festival on the Green.
In addition to a quality Craft Fair the Festival also includes:
10:00 am: Colchester  Regional Chamber Orchestra
12:00 pm: Historic Fife and Drum Muster hosted by the Colchester Continentals Fife and Drum Corps
All day: Food Court
All day: Raffle offered by the Colchester Historical Society.  Take a chance on an array of valuable prizes!


Join the Colchester Historical Society for programs that:

-explore Colchester’s rich past

-introduce you to community members with similar interests

-allow you to unwind, relax and learn something new about your town!


Past programs:

Date Night in Colchester!
Valentine’s Day, Tuesday, February 14
Cragin Library

Bring a date and learn about stepping out in Colchester over the years.

We’ll enjoy a quick look at love and dating in history, then open it up to you to share thoughts, memories, ideas, pictures and mementos that reveal the joys and challenges of planning a date in Colchester.

Did Colchester ever have a Lovers Lane? A bowling lane? Were there movies here before Gallery Cinema? And where was the best place to go with a beau after the prom? Refreshments will be served and you will score big points with your date if you bring them to our event on the 14th!

Learn, share, get refreshed and meet new friends!


Let’s Get Down to Business!
Tuesday, April 10
Place to be announced

Early Americans bought A LOT of goods on credit. A recent study of some colonial account books showed that 98% of the transactions were credit; the remaining few were cash and barter. Since many businesses tried to settle their accounts with an annual “day of reckoning” in April, we thought it was appropriate to talk business at this Colchester Historical Society Meeting.

We’ll take a look at a newly restored 200 year-old account book from a Colchester business. You’ll be amazed and impressed by the story of its restoration. You’ll also enjoy reading entries that provide insights into the consumer habits of early Colchester shoppers and suppliers.

Delicious refreshments will be served, so after a little learning, you’ll have a chance to unwind and chat with fellow Colchester residents!

June is Busting Out All Over! Annual Meeting
Tuesday, June 12
Zagray Farm

It’s spring and you need to spend an evening out in the beautiful open spaces of Zagray Farm. Bring a friend, the family, and a potluck treat to share. We’ll provide food, music and a great time. A very short annual business meeting will bring you up to date on the organization that is preserving our town’s stories and treasured objects and images, then you’ll have chances to roam the farm, join in song and talk with friends. Stay tuned for more details, but put it on your calendar now!

Have an idea for our August 14th program? Send it to Sally Whipple at

Current News!


The Colchester Historical Society is proud to announce the successful completion of StEPS-CT, or Standards and Excellence Program for History Organizations (StEPs).

The Colchester Historical Society was one of 23 small cultural and heritage organizations which recently completed this intensive 2-year program.  CHS received support and training via curriculum-based workshops; coaching from a dedicated mentor; and access to a Connecticut Humanities grant fund earmarked for initiatives related to achieving StEPs-CT program standards.

Over the course of the program, the Colchester Historical Society achieved bronze and silver certificates in six areas of museum practice.  Through continued work on a self-study basis, CHS plans to continue to strive for gold certification in all StEPS Units.  “This is just the beginning,” said CHS Co-President Gigi Liverant, “we are so grateful for StEPS-CT for all that we’ve learned, and we plan to continue developing procedures and policies that establish Colchester Historical Society as the premier steward of Colchester’s history and heritage.”

“Our experience with StEPS-CT has been invaluable,” Angela George, Co-President of CHS added. “From improved signage that has increased visitation to the museum, to implementing current policies that guide our volunteers through daily operations, StEPS-CT has improved our organization.  We can now provide better programs to our community, and we are now better able to tell our audiences our local histories and preserve our heritage through our unique collections and images.”

StEPs-CT is a program of Connecticut Humanities and the Connecticut League of History Organizations, in partnership with Connecticut Historical Society, based on a curriculum of best practices developed by the American Association for State and Local History.  

Connecticut’s program was the first to integrate the national StEPs curriculum and is viewed as a model for similar programs across the country, according to Scott Wands, manager of grants and programs at Connecticut Humanities.

Connecticut Humanities, a nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, provides opportunities to explore the history, literature and the vibrant culture that make our state, cities and towns attractive places to live and work. Learn more by visiting

The Connecticut League of History Organizations (CLHO) builds connections among those who preserve and share the stories and objects of our past. Learn more by visiting




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